Soup Sodium Soapbox
People with questions about sodium, hello!
Our seasonings are reduced-sodium compared to traditional canned soups. We kept the sodium lower for a couple reasons. One, because some of the suggested ingredients for the recipes contain salt, like canned beans. Two, our recipes don’t need as much salt because of the way Broth Bomb ® helps breakdown the foods, creating a richer broth full of minerals and natural flavorful compounds.
Our seasonings range from 312-496 mg, which is 14-21% daily value per cup. They are packed with a ton of herbs and spices, whereas cheap soup starters like stock, broth, or bouillon barely have any quality herbs or spices.
If you prefer very low sodium, use half of the Broth Bomb ® in the full recipe. You’ll still get a good kick of flavor. Also, cook your own beans first, use fresh produce, and/or no salt canned foods. It's unlikely we'll be able to offer a low sodium version of Broth Bomb ® until our company has grown to a certain size.
Personally, I’m sensitive to high salt foods. Especially high calorie salty foods. We’ve noticed from comments online that soup has a reputation for being high in sodium but it’s actually average or lower compared to the other foods people eat most. The items below range from 160%-20% DV of sodium.
- Processed meats
- Pickled foods
- Sauces, condiments
- Fried Foods
- Salted nuts and Seeds
- French Bread
- Parm cheese, American Cheese
- Most Seafoods
- Canned foods with added salt
- Mashed Potatoes, Grits
- Pizza, Pasta
- Chicken Breast (which is typically injected with salt water)
- Cake w/ frosting, salted deserts
One big difference between all these foods and Broth Bomb ® recipes is that our suggested recipes (on the box) are centered around heart healthy foods like beans and greens. We subscribe to the thinking that if the best way to help people get more healthy whole plant foods into their lives is with just enough sodium and a dash of fun, then that’s a win for public health.
At 14-21% DV, someone who eats a high raw plant-based or raw till whenever vegan diet, having just one cooked meal a day, can eat a triple serving (24 ounces) from a Broth Bomb ® recipe and still be under the DV of sodium. They’re also going to be much more heart healthier than someone still eating chicken, eggs, dairy, and/or seafood… or lots of low sodium high fat foods.
Lastly, some of that sodium in Broth Bomb ® comes from baking soda rather than salt. It creates sodium citrate and other titrate (tartar) type compounds that form in the stew. These sodium buffers have an opposite effect on blood pressure compared to salt. People who are sensitive to high salt foods, like me, tend to not have any issue with our products and recipes.
*As always, please consult your own medical professions regarding your diet and using products like Broth Bomb. Broth Bomb is not intended to treat or cure any condition. Any health related claims have not been reviewed by the FDA.